YMMV / Jim Henson

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Henson was cured of this when a vacation in Europe showed what the art of puppetry can do with the serious practitioners there. For the rest of his life, Henson was determined to spread that respect around, but it proved a frustrating struggle.
  • Crazy Awesome: For an early-1960s La Choy commercial, he built a full-size dragon Muppet that could breathe real fire.
  • Creator Worship
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • As Henson's health rapidly deteriorated before finally admitting himself to the hospital, he actually joked, "Maybe I'm dying."
    • In his letter to his children in the event of his death, Henson mentioned that his funeral could be emceed by Richard Hunt, "If he's still around". While Hunt would still be around for the funeral, he would be the next Muppet Performer to die just two years later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Always thrilled by new technology, Jim was excited to dabble in both chromakey and CGI when they were both still relatively new... fast-forward to the 21st century, where practically almost all of traditional puppetry in film and television has been replaced by chromakey and CGI (and not necessarily as advances in technology as also interested Henson, but rather because it's cheaper and easier than to stage elaborate scenes with traditional puppetry).
  • Mood Whiplash: Frank Oz's eulogy during Jim's memorial service. It starts as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, turns into funny, goes back to heartwarming, then turns into a screaming Moment of funny. Then it's back to Heartwarming, and in the last five seconds, it becomes a brutal Tear Jerker.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Many, many examples. Even the way he died could count.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: How many people today look at all the various different puppets on TV, the Internet, movies, and such, and think that none of them would probably even be here today if it wasn't for Henson practically reinventing the art form of puppetry?
  • Tear Jerker: While Henson's death alone would certainly fit this trope, his memorial takes the cake. Specifically, Big Bird taking center stage to sing "It's Not Easy Being Green". Made even worse as you can hear performer Caroll Spinney clearly holding back tears during his performance.
    Big Bird: Thank you, Kermit.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: He not only made and codified modern puppetry, he also produced it exceptionally well. From the lively and colorful Muppets, to the entire worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, to smaller-but-no-less-critical milestones like the animatronic Ninja Turtles, which helped make the Creature Shop famous even after Henson's death.